Some Ohio State student athletes could have their eyes on the prize of a trip to Olympic Stadium in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
As 81,000 patrons poured into Ohio Stadium yesterday for the annual Spring Game, the nation was served notice of the Ohio State University Department of Atheltics' commitment to excellence. While football reigns supreme, elsewhere in the Buckeye sporting spectrum, Ohio State's muscles were flexed.
From five All-Americans in one sport to a pair of No. 12 ranked women's teams in action, here is a look at the Olympic sports' men and women of Scarlet & Gray.
Five Buckeyes Earn All-America Honors
Competing in the 2012 NCAA Individual Event Finals Saturday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla, five of the seven participating Buckeyes will be returning to Columbus with the honor of All-America, a number that ties the single-season program record.
The quintet of All-Americans is led by senior Ty Echard as the Carroll, Ohio native became the second Buckeye in program history to concluded his career a three-time All-American with a seventh-place finish on the pommel horse.
Sophomore Michael Newburger placed third on the pommel to pace a trio of first-time All-Americans including classmate Misha Koudinov, tied for third on the parallel bars, and freshman Danny Steiner who finished sixth in the floor exercise. Sophomore Kris Done received his second All-America honor in the high bar as he finished tied for fifth.
Rounding out the competing Buckeyes were senior Mike Behles in the rings finals and placing tenth, and freshman Larry Mayer placing ninth on vault.
No. 12 Buckeyes cap banner year with top 10 finish
Where the Men had individual glory in gymnastics on Saturday, the women had team success on Friday.
Participating in their first NCAA Championship since 1990, the Ohio State women's gymnastics team will finish the season with a top 10 finish after concluding their season by placing fourth in the second session of the NCAA Championship semifinals Friday in Duluth, Georgia. With a score of 196.525, the Buckeyes were just .625 away from qualifying for the Super Six Team Finals.
Team members who placed tenth or better in individuals events were sophomore Sarah Miller, sixth on the beam, and junior Colleen Dean, who joined her by tying for eighth in the floor.
Second semifinals results of the 2012 women's gymnastics NCAA Championships can be found here.
No. 12 Buckeyes improve to 10-4 with Senior Day triumph
Playing their final game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, a pair of Ohio State women senior lacrosse members helped to power the Buckeyes to a 14-4 win over American. The win, the 40th for the seniors, ties the class for the winningest in program history.
Senior Alayna Markwordt, the all-time leading scorer in Ohio State history, scored two goals with five assists while classmate Gabby Capuzzi netted three goals. Freshman Jackie Cifarelli matched Markwordt with seven points by tallying a goal with six assists, with sophomore Cara Facchina joining Capuzzi as team leaders with three goals. In total, eight Buckeyes recorded a point and reached the back of the net.
In defense of the Buckeyes' net, Tori DeScenza came up with six saves before Caitlin Hester stopped five shots.
Eight Buckeyes -- graduate student Jennifer Schmitt, along with seniors Olivia Annalora, Laura Beck, Capuzzi, Olivia Cora, Kirsten Donahue, Markwordt and Caylee Rafalko-- were honored prior to the game.
Christina Manning breaks own record to pace big weekend for hurdlers
The OSU women track team was split for the weekend with the hurdlers, jumpers, and sprinters competing in Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville, Fla., and the distance runners and hurlers competed in the All-Ohio Championships hosted by Miami in Oxford.
In Gainesville, senior All-American Christina Manning broke her own school record with a 12.57 to finish second in the international division of the 100 meter hurdlers where she was just one of two college athletes competing. Competing in the collegiate division of the 100m hurdles for Ohio State was Alexandria Johnson and Christienne Linton, with the pair placing 1-2. Nyjah Cousar continued the strong hurdle presence finishing third in the 400m hurdles, the highest student-athlete finish.
The group of Buckeyes competing in the All-Ohio Championships collected a total of 58.5 points which was good for a fifth-place finish.
The entire Tom Jones Memorial Classic results can be found here.
Throws and sprints propel Ohio State to All-Ohio championship
With a full team at their dispersal, the Ohio State men claimed the All-Ohio Championships with a score of 160.83 to lead the 13-team field.
Matt DeChant starred for the Buckeyes, picking up a pair of victories in the shot put and discus. His winning distance of 19.34m (63-5.50) in the shot put was a season-best and top-10 mark nationally, while his 52.82m (173-3.00) toss in the discus was a personal best.
Demoye Bogle claimed runner-up honors with a time of 14.31 in the 110m hurdles while the same place went to Korbin Smith with a time of 21.83 in the 200m dash. Smith would win the long jump at 7.52m (24-8.25). In the 400m hurdles, the Scarlet and Gray amassed 21 points in the event with a 1-3-4 finish. Marcus Brooks took the win in a time of 52.65, followed by Kent State's Miles Dunlap (52.78) and fellow Buckeyes Demoye Bogle (52.86) and Luke Norris (53.14).
Ohio State claimed victories in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays.
Men and women All-Ohio results here.
Sangrey becomes third consecutive Buckeye to be named league player of the year
Leading the Buckeyes to a 9-3 record on the season was senior Shawn Sangrey, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year the league announced Friday. Sangrey is one of four Buckeyes to have received all-league honors as the reigning NCAA Champions claimed a share of their sixth consecutive league crown and the No. 1 seed in the MIVA Tournament which Ohio State will host a semifinal for on Wednesday.
Joining Sangrey on the MIVA All-Conference First Team is classmate and outside hitter Mik Berzins. Redshirt freshman setter Peter Heinen earned a spot on the league's second team as did middle blocker John Tholen.